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Door To Door: Columbia Forest, Va. And Brookeville, Md.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:09
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Brookville, Maryland and the Columbia Forest area of Arlington, Virginia.

MS. SHARI LEWIS

00:00:20
My name is Shari Lewis. I'm 51-years-old, and I live in Columbia Forest, in Arlington, Virginia. Columbia Forest is located near the intersection of Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington counties. We border one side on Fairfax County, and we are about 50 yards away from Alexandria on the other. Well, Columbia Forest started as a plan community, and it was built in 1941. The Army Corps of Engineers designed the houses and supervised their construction. And the street layout was designed to conform to the topography, and so it has lots of curved streets, cul-de-sacs and park areas.

MS. SHARI LEWIS

00:00:58
And they made an effort to save the existing trees, so it gave the impression of a much more permanent mature community. And we have a beautiful canopy of trees, as a result. Columbia Forest, like a lot of area around Arlington, was once owned by George Washington, so we have a lot of fun telling friends and relatives that visit that they're on land George Washington once owned.

MS. SHARI LEWIS

00:01:19
We are going to be getting the trolley coming up Columbia Pike, so we're happy about that. We got a brand new community center. And my son goes to the elementary school. It's a county wide elementary school, and it's a duel immersion Spanish-English program. And a lot of the neighborhood kids go to that, as well as kids from all over the county. We have grocery stores within walking distance. We have the high school pool within walking distance. We have parks within walking distance.

MS. SHARI LEWIS

00:01:45
We have bicycle trails. We have all this stuff.

MS. KAREN MONTGOMERY

00:01:53
I'm Karen Montgomery, and I live in the town of Brookville, in one of the older houses. The town is up what we now call Georgia Avenue, Route 97, exactly two miles from the crossroads of 108 in (unintelligible) . This town has a hot 48 or 49 houses, and families in every single house, varying from single women who have been widowed up into thriving families with three young children. Quakers in Brookville help make the history of the town.

MS. KAREN MONTGOMERY

00:02:28
Brookville would not have had a post office. Brookville would not have had the schools it had if it had not been a Quaker town. It was a town that educated all of its slaves and ex-slaves, because the town believed in educating everyone, white or black. So, the town has always attracted somewhat eccentric people who are interested in education. I see the town becoming a spot where oldness is respected, but not revered for its own sake, that the houses need to be preserved, but the intellectual stimulation needs to continue on and move forward.

SHEIR

00:03:13
We heard from Karen Montgomery in Brookville and Shari Lewis in Columbia Forest. If you'd like us to knock on your door so you can talk about your neighborhood, send an email to metro@wamu.org. You can also send us a tweet. Our handle is @wamumetro. And you can find a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far on our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:44
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00:03:51
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SHEIR

00:04:02
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